It felt like good news when we reported last week that Martin Scorsese had finally secured funding for his long-delayed passion project Silence and would begin shooting next week. (Because we reported last week that principal photography would commence next week, we mean right now. Today is the tomorrow of yesterday—pretty trippy, but bear with us.) Scorsese had lined up a rather promising cast in Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, and Andrew Garfield, and movie-lovers were foaming at the mouth to witness the director’s long-gestating vision. But now, an unfortunate accident has marred production for the upcoming film.
A breaking report from Deadline indicates that an accident on-set during pre-production for Silence has claimed a life and dealt injuries to two others. Deadline reproduced an official statement from a spokesperson for Silence, and we’ve reproduced that reproduction below:
“Today there was an unfortunate accident at CMPC Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, Silence, is in pre-production. An existing structure on the CMPC backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a 3rd-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building. Sadly, during this process, the ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others. Everyone is in shock and sorrow and expresses their deepest concern and sympathy to the families of the individual who died and those who were injured.”
This is an extremely regrettable occurrence, reminiscent of last year’s tragic death on the set of Midnight Rider. Of course, our deepest sympathies are with those near and dear to all affected parties, and we hope that production on Silence may continue safely and swiftly.